Thursday, December 4, 2008

Cricket-England security expert to inspect India venues

NEW DELHI, Dec 3 (Reuters) - An England cricket security expert will begin his inspection of the proposed venues for a two-test series in India from Wednesday before the tour is finalised, an Indian cricket official said.
"He is coming to the stadium today and then he will go to Mohali," he said, referring to the proposed second test venue.
The security consultant was in touch with British authorities in India, added the official, who did not wish to be identified. England have agreed to return for the series, due to start on Dec. 11, but will take a final decision only if the security report allays the team's safety fears following last week's militant attacks in Mumbai, which killed 183 people.
The visiting side returned home after the attacks, having called off the last two games of a seven-match one-day series.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are likely to ask for commando protection for their players in the series, the Hindu newspaper reported.
The Indian board switched the tests out of Ahmedabad and Mumbai after England expressed concerns for their players' safety.
The team also cancelled a three-day warm-up game originally scheduled from Friday.